Tuesday, October 28, 2008
The Indian market today kick start the Muhurat trading session with handsome gains with the BSE Sensex ended above the favoulous 9,000 mark and the NSE Nifty above the 2,650 mark. The buying support is seen across all the sectorial indices today mainly led by the Realty, Metal, Power Capital Goods, Oil & Gas and Auto stocks. The positive Aian Markets and the European markets along with the relaxing of norms of creeping acquisition norms for promoters by SEBI has provided the support to the market.
The Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) yesterday has hiked the promoter creeping acquisition limit to 75% i.e up to 5% every year till the 75% limit reached. SEBI has also further added that the creeping acquisition beyond 55% will only be through open market normal segment and not bulk deals.
Among the Sensex pack all of the 30 components ended in green
The BSE Sensex closed higher by 498.52 points at 9,008.08 and NSE Nifty ended up by 160.40 points at 2,684.60. The BSE Mid Caps and Small Caps closed with gains of 191.23 points at 3,157.46 and by 232.77 points at 3,77.61. The BSE Sensex touched intraday high of 9,056.97 and intraday low of 8,909.34.
Gainers from the BSE Sensex pack are Mahindra & Mahindra (12.68%), Jai Prakash Associate (11.52%), Hindalco Industries (11.26%), Tata Motors (10.82%), Reliance Infra (10.53%), DLF (9.87%) and TCS (8.75%).
The BSE Capital Goods index surged 444.22 points to close at 6,784.02 as Praj Industries (14.29%), AIA Engineering (9.77%), Alstom Project (8.98%), and Elecon Eng (9.99%) and Siemens (9.83%) ended in positive territory.
The Bank index grew 232.66 points to close at 4,704.68 as Yes Bank (10.44%), Indian Overseas Bank (9.65%), IDBI Bank (7.41%), SBI (6.32%), AXIS Bank (5.78%) and ICICI Bank (6.04%) ended in positive territory.
The BSE Realty index ended up by 181.35 points at 1,998.63. Gainers are Mahindra Life (15.41%), Penland (15.85%), Parsavnath (13.92%), Unitech (14.99%), DLF (9.87%).
The BSE Metal index closed higher by 304.12 points at 4,572.68. Gainers are Hindalco Industries (11.26%), Ispat Industries (9.50%), NALCO (9.67%), Tata Steel (8.49%), Jindal Steel (7.38%)
The BSE Oil & Gas index ended higher by 345.21 points at 5,524.52. Major gainers are Essar Oil (18.15%), Gail India (9.98%), ABN Off shore (7.97%), Cairn India (7.20%), Gail India (9.98%).
Firm global markets and relaxation of creeping acquisition norms for promoters boosted the battered bourses on the special one-hour Muhurat trading session which was held today, 28 October 2008, to mark the strong beginning of the Samvat year 2065. The BSE Sensex jumped 498.52 points, or 5.85%, ending just above the 9,000 mark.
The gains were led by a host of index stocks with heavyweight Reliance Industries climbing more than 7%. Tata Motors, Mahindra & Mahindra, Hindalco Industries, Reliance Infrastructure and Jaiprakash Associates rose more than 10% each.
In a bid to salvage the sinking stock market, Securities & Exchange Board of India (Sebi) on Monday, 27 October 2008, relaxed creeping acquisition rules for promoters. Promoters can now raise stake by 5% a year through the creeping acquisition route, till their holding reaches 75%. Earlier, promoters were allowed to raise 5% a year through the creeping acquisition route only till they reached 55% stake. Sebi made the announcement after trading hours on Monday.
The BSE 30-share Sensex rose 498.52 points, or 5.85%, to 9,008.08. The Sensex jumped 547.41 points at the day’s high of 9056.97 in early trade. At the day’s low of 8,909.34, the Sensex rose 399.78 points.
The S&P CNX Nifty was up 167.70 points, or 6.64%, to 2,691.90.
The BSE Mid-Cap index rose 6.45% to 3,157.46 while BSE Small-Cap index jumped 6.69% to 3,711.61. Both the indices outperformed the Sensex.
The BSE clocked a turnover of Rs 675 crore. The market breadth, indicating the overall health of the market, was strong with 1860 shares rising compared with 437 declining. A total of 61 shares remained unchanged.
India’s largest private sector company by market capitalization and oil refiner Reliance Industries (RIL) jumped 7.27% to Rs 1,152.85.
All the stocks from the sensex pack were in the green. Mahindra & Mahindra (up 12.68% to Rs 279.45), Jaiprakash Associates (up 11.52% to Rs 59.55), Tata Motors (up 10.82% to Rs 155.20), Tata Consultancy Services (up 8.75% to Rs 540.50) were the major gainers from the Sensex pack.
Most realty stocks rose on hopes a softer interest rate regime will spur demand for residential properties. The BSE Realty index rose 10.29% and was the major gainer from the sectoral indices on BSE. Realty majors, Indiabulls Real Estate, DLF and Unitech rose between 6.55% to 16.86%.
The BSE Capital Goods index rose 7.84% and was the second biggest gainer from the sectoral indices on BSE. Larsen & Toubro and Bharat Heavy Electricals, rose between 6.92% to 7.07%.
Suzlon Energy rose 11.29% after suspending a Rs 1800-crore rights share issue due to falling markets.
The BSE Power index jumped 7.64% and was the third biggest gainer from the sectoral indices on BSE. NTPC, Reliance Infrastructure, Reliance Power, Power Grid Corporation of India were up by between 5.86% to 10.44%.
Tata Power Company gained 3.25%, boosted by better-than-expected Q2 results.
The BSE Metal index rose 7.28% and was the fourth biggest gainer from the sectoral indices on BSE. Tata Steel, Hindalco Industries, Sterlite Industries, Steel Authority of India, National aluminum Company, Hindustan Zinc rose by between 4.26% to 11.26%.
Godrej Industries fell 0.23% on reporting a net loss of Rs 9.09 crore in Q2 September 2008 as against net profit of Rs 22.55 crore in Q2 September 2007. Sales rose 43.42% to Rs 254.19 crore in Q2 September 2008 over Q2 September 2007.
Alok Industries surged 10.06% after the board approved raising upto Rs 300 crore through a rights issue of shares.
Global stocks rose solidly on Tuesday 28 Ocotber 2008 as investors indulged in a burst of bargain hunting after recent slump. US markets opened firm as investors snapped up beaten-down shares and bet that credit markets would see a further thaw, overshadowing worries about the global recession. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq Composite index and the S&P 500 were up by between 2.99% to 3.02%.
European shares broke a five-day losing streak, helped by a jump in shares of heavyweight oil group BP after its third-quarter earnings beat forecasts. Key benchmark indices in France, Germany and UK were up by between 2.82% to 8.02%.
In Asia, the Nikkei index finished 6.4% higher after earlier dropping to its lowest since 1982. Other Asian markets ended higher today, 28 October 2008. Key benchmark indices in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan were up by between 0.76% to 14.35%.
Iceland raised interest rates by 6% percentage points to 18% on Tuesday, taking the opposite tack to most countries fighting a global financial crisis which the Bank of England said could cost $2.8 trillion. The United States is expected on Wednesday 28 October 2008 to cut interest rates, with Europe and Britain forecast to follow next week, to try to head off the prospect of a deep recession. Other countries continued to bolster their banking sectors, hit by holding assets linked to bad mortgage debts in the United States, and shore up tumbling stock markets.
Crude oil rose from a 17-month low as stocks in Europe and Asia rebounded and Organisation of Petroleum Exporting countries (OPEC) ministers said the group may meet again before December 2008, raising speculation of deeper cuts in production. Crude oil for December delivery climbed as much as $1.67, or 2.6%, to $64.89 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange today.
Precious metal price end mixed as silver drops again
Gold prices managed to end higher on Monday, 27 October, 2008 for the second straight day. This was the second time the yellow metal ended higher in the last twelve sessions. Gold managed to climb up as US market managed to inch up in the green in the noon hours. But silver prices dropped today.
Earlier last week, gold prices had slipped to lowest levels in thirteen months as it fell below $700 level. A strong dollar was the main reason behind this. Generally, a stronger dollar pressures demand for dollar-denominated commodities, such as crude oil and gold, which become more expensive for holders of other currencies. Losses in equity markets had also forced traders to sell gold. Since past couple of weeks, precious metals, mainly gold, had dropped as traders tried to gain back some of the money that had lost in other markets.
On Monday, Comex Gold for December delivery rose $12.6 (1.7%) to close at $742.9 an ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices fell to a low of $707 earlier during the day. On 17 March, 2008 prices had skyrocketed to a high of $1,034/ounce. But prices have dropped significantly (29%) since then. Last week, gold prices ended lower by 7.3%.
This year, gold prices have lost 11.6% till date. The dollar index has gained 10.2% this year. For the third quarter ended September, 2008, gold prices ended lower by 5.1%. It was the first quarterly loss for the yellow metal since the second quarter in FY 2007. Prior to that, the yellow metal ended second quarter with a marginal gain of 0.7%. For first quarter prices gained 10.7%.
On Monday, Comex silver futures for December delivery fell marginally by 10 cents (1.1%) to $9.195 an ounce. Last week, silver fell 0.4%. Till date, silver has lost 38% this year. Silver had ended month and quarter of September 2008 with a loss of 10%. For the second quarter, it had gained a paltry 1.4%. Silver had gained 16% in Q1. The metal also had gained for seven straight years.
Generally, a stronger dollar pressures demand for dollar-denominated commodities, such as crude oil and gold, which become more expensive for holders of other currencies. On the other hand, a lower dollar pushes up precious metal prices as their demand lessens as it becomes cheaper for traders holding other currencies. Gold has traditionally been used as a safe-haven asset against rising inflation. Investor sentiments are boosted by the fact that gold and silver are alternate sources of good investment in the face of declining dollar and rising energy prices and vice versa.
In the currency market on Monday, the U.S. dollar surged against the euro and the British pound Monday, but lost ground against the resurgent Japanese currency, as safe-haven flows trumped a Group of Seven warning about "excessive" yen volatility. The U.S. Dollar Index, the weighted basket that includes the euro and yen, rose as much as 1.6% today, before paring gains.
In the crude market on Monday, crude for December delivery fell 93 cents, or 1.4%, to end at $63.22 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
Earlier this year, the weakening dollar and higher global demand for raw materials had led to records this year for commodities including gold. Gold reached a record in March as a U.S. housing slump and credit crisis spurred the Federal Reserve to slash borrowing costs. The Federal Reserve halted cuts to its target bank lending rate in April, after slicing it in seven steps to 1.5% currently from 5.25% in September, 2007. But there are chances that Fed might curtail the rate to 1% in its next meeting.
Gold had witnessed the greatest annual gain in twenty eight years by gaining $200/ounce (31%) in FY 2007 as lower interest rates had sent the dollar tumbling, and crude-oil prices rose to a record. Silver had climbed 16% in FY 2007. In 2006, silver had jumped 46% while gold gained 23%.
At the MCX, gold prices for December delivery closed higher by Rs 120 (1%) at Rs 12,042 per 10 grams. Prices rose to a high of Rs 12,080 per 10 grams and fell to a low of Rs 11,586 per 10 grams during the day’s trading.
At the MCX, silver prices for December delivery closed Rs 307 (1.8%) lower at Rs 16,448/Kg. Prices opened at Rs 16,790/kg and fell to a low of Rs 16,111/Kg during the day’s trading.
Oil continues to lose as demand concerns worry traders
Crude prices rose fell by almost a dollar on Monday, 27 October, 2008 and closed below the $63/barrel level as traders continued to doubt about energy demand in the coming months. Last week, OPEC had decided on a production cut. The decision, however, failed to perk up crude prices as traders still remained extremely worried that an ongoing recession will curtail demand for energy in the coming months.
Crude-oil futures for light sweet crude for December delivery closed at $63.22/barrel (lower by $0.93 or 1.4%) on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices earlier touched a high of $65.77. Prices reached a high of $147 on 11 July but have dropped almost 57% since then. Last week, prices dropped by 11% after shedding 7.5% in the week prior to that. On a yearly basis, crude price is lower by 31%. For this year in 2008, crude prices have dropped 38%.
OPEC officials decided last Friday at its meeting at Vienna that OPEC will pare production by 1.5 million barrels a day w.e.f 1 November, 2008. The official production quota is currently 28.8 million barrels, and it will be cut by 1.5 million in November.
Last week, the Centre for Global Energy Studies said that global oil demand may fall for the first time in 15 years in 2008 and stagnate next year.
Earlier this month, in the latest monthly prediction, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said that global oil consumption will grow 550,000 barrels a day this year compared with a year ago, down 330,000 barrels from last month's forecast. Total consumption will stand at 86.5 million barrels a day. For the next year, demand will grow 800,000 barrels a day, down 100,000 barrels from OPEC's September prediction.
The Energy Information Administration, the statistics arm of the U.S. Energy Department, also lowered its growth outlook for this year's global oil consumption by 350,000 barrels from a month ago.
For the third quarter of the year crude prices ended lower by 28%. This was the biggest quarterly drop since 1991. Before that, crude prices had gained 38% in the second quarter of this year. It was the biggest quarterly increase in nine years. For the month of September, prices registered drop of 13%.
Against this background, November reformulated gasoline fell 0.1% to close at $1.4769 per gallon. November heating oil ended at $1.9144 per gallon, down 1.6%.
Natural gas prices also continued to move lower. November natural-gas futures surrendered 11.8 cents, or 1.9%, to finish at $6.121 per million British thermal units.
At the MCX, crude oil for November delivery closed at Rs 3,311/barrel, lower by Rs 3 (0.09%) against previous day’s close. Natural gas for November delivery closed at Rs 343.9/mmbtu, lower by Rs 2.1/mmbtu (0.6%).